Searching for a harmonic balance between the on-line and the off-line. Looking for those places where technology connects us to—rather than disconnects us from—the space/time of our 'real world'.
The taking a break from technology approach doesn't work, it isn't a sustainable model even on the personal level and it promotes and encourages the disconnect between the digital and the natural that it claims to be a response to.
We often view technology as being a distraction from nature, with the two being in opposition. Is it possible to use technology to re-connect with our natural world? Can the digital and the natural be used to protect both our planet and ourselves? Can we develop a deeper appreciation for our world—all aspects of it—through better integrating our experiences online with those IRL?
Can we design a set of rituals to reorient a person back to the Earth? i.e. to help them reconnect to it, or the elements.
Our species has been very successful at letting us live inside of a narrow bubble, separated from nature's inherent challenges. Could we alter people's value system, or their behavior through a set of practices that implicitly educate them about nature, and reframes them in the context of the Earth as a whole?